Real life skills to work in a subsea environment

RGU Nippon Foundation students gaining insight into subsea sector.

A group of 10 Japanese students are gaining an invaluable insight into the subsea sector.

The students, who are spending a month studying at Robert Gordon University (RGU) as part of a respected international development programme funded by the Nippon Foundation Innovation Consortium, developed their skills during a course at The Underwater Centre in Fort William.

The four-day course called ‘Introduction to Subsea Operations’ combines classroom lectures with practical demonstrations including ROV piloting and an overview of diving operations.

The course will allow the students to experience what it is really like working in a subsea environment by flying an ROV and diving in surface-supplied equipment.

Candidates will gain first-hand experience on the course thanks to the extensive diving and ROV operations on site in Fort William.

Melissa Donald, project manager for the summer school from RGU’s School of Engineering, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain a real, 
hands-on insight into the subsea sector.


“We are excited to be working once again with the staff at The Underwater Centre, and this short course really showcases their impressive facilities at the Fort 
William site. We are confident that the exposure to the practical 
elements of the course, will benefit the students greatly and 
will be as close to a working environment as they can possibly 

Steve Ham, The Underwater Centre’s commercial director commented on this visit: “We are delighted to be hosting the students from Nippon Foundation Ocean Innovation Consortium programme this year. Whilst with us they will receive an Introduction to Subsea Operations including a dive in commercial diving equipment within our large onshore tank, and some hands-on time flying ROVs.

“We really hope this course will deepen the students’ appreciation of subsea operations and help them to further their careers.”

This year the School of Engineering designed an enhanced Summer School programme to train the Japanese students in offshore oil and gas development 
with a specific focus on subsea 

The students, from seven different universities across Japan, have a full programme which includes modules led by RGU staff on subsea engineering, oil and gas exploration, plus drilling and well engineering.

Students will attend master classes conducted by internal 
RGU experts and industrial speakers, as well as having the opportunity to use a drilling simulator situated on the RGU campus, all to further their skills in their chosen sector.

In their final week, the students will also visit the SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre to take 
advantage of the expertise at 

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